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This online tool tells you how likely you are to pass your driving test

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Learning to drive can be stressful, anxiety-provoking, nerve-wracking. The pressure of a practical driving test can feel even worse: not only can failing a test feel deflating, but it’s also expensive, with tests ranging from £62-75.

Image Credit: State Farm on flickr.


The Driving Standards Agency suggest learner drivers have 45 hours of private tuition and with an average lesson costing £24, this easily could cost over £1000. So continually failing tests raises costs even further.


However, car insurance provider for young drivers and learners, Marmalade, have introduced a new online tool allowing users to see how likely they are to pass their practical driving test.

The 'pass probability calculator' doesn’t just give a vague average, it gives pass percentages at specific test centres in any given month, which may put your mind at ease and maybe even save you money.

I remember the first time I failed my driving test. My first thought was, ‘ugh, I have to do this all over again’ and my second was, ‘I’m a student – how can I afford that?!’. There are so many worries involved with driving and I wasn’t looking forward to trying again. I failed again a year later before taking a 3rd test not long after and finally passing. It’s probably the biggest relief I’ve ever felt. At my test centre around 55% pass in the month, I took my first test which is much higher than other areas around me. I think I would’ve been a lot calmer knowing I had a better chance than test centres just 15 minutes away from me.

Here’s a snapshot of the places you are most and least likely to pass:

 

Top 10:  Easiest  places to pass a practical driving test in the UK :

 

Driving Test Centre  

County  

Pass rate

Campbeltown  

Argyll and Bute  

 73.68%
Rothesay  

Argyll and Bute  

 72.13%
Pitlochry  

Perth and Kinross  

 70.61%
Llandrindod Wells  

Powys  

 68.45%
Ballater  

Aberdeenshire  

 68.15%
Lerwick  

Shetland  

 66.89%
Lochgilphead  

Argyll and Bute  

 66.24%
Malton  

North Yorkshire  

 64.17%
Orkney  

Orkney  

 62.72%
Kendal  

Cumbria  

 62.68

Top 10: Hardest places to pass a practical driving test in the UK  

 

Driving Test Centre  

County  

Pass rate1  

Belvedere  

London 

 31.20%
Wanstead  

London  

 32.13%
Leeds  

West Yorkshire  

 34.73%
Bradford - Heaton  

West Yorkshire  

 35.03%
Barking – Tanner Street  

London  

 35.38%
Barnet  

London  

 35.49%
Birmingham – South Yardley  

West Midlands  

35.60% 
Wednesbury  

West Midlands  

 35.64%
Heckmondwike  

West Yorkshire  

 36.19%
Wood Green  

London  

 36.44%


Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, comments:

“We know that driving tests can bring about nerves. In fact, more than 50% of young motorists are equally or more anxious about facing their driving test than their academic exams. We wanted to provide a handy tool to help young learner drivers, and their parents, find out more about their chosen test centre and its pass rates. Ultimately aiming to give them a little piece of mind when it comes to booking a test, and show them how many motorists pass at this centre, in the month of their test.”

Hopefully, with a tool like this, young drivers will be more at ease about taking their practical driving tests. And, if I had this tool a few years ago, I might’ve moved to Campbeltown...

Quotes and data courtesy of iProspect.

Lead Image Credit: State Farm on flickr.




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